Iraq News and Information Links May 21 2004
SOLDIER who deserted Iraq gets year in jail, bad conduct…
Access North Georgia – Gainesville,GA,USA
… was sentenced to a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge after a
military jury found him guilty of desertion for leaving his combat unit
in Iraq in protest…

PENTAGON investigating 33 deaths of detainees in Iraq and…
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ The Pentagon said Friday the military has undertaken 33
criminal investigations of deaths of detainees held by US forces in Iraq
and Afghanistan…

CAN Iraq Get Any Worse?
The Nation – USA
* The head of the picked-in-Washington Governing Council in Iraq was assassinated
just outside the highly protected command center of the occupation six

Philippine Headline News – Manila,Philippines
… Special envoy to the Middle East Roy Cimatu recommended to the government
yesterday that Filipino workers be redeployed in selected areas in Iraq
where their…

BUSH to Outline 'Clear Strategy' for Iraq Monday
Reuters – USA
By David Morgan. BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – President Bush will share
a “clear strategy” for guiding the future of Iraq in a Monday night speech
intended to…

SOLDIER Who Failed to Return to Iraq Is Convicted of Desertion
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
Florida National Guard sergeant who failed to return to his unit in Iraq
after a leave home, saying he no longer believed in the war, was found
guilty today of…

REPORTER freed as Spain completes Iraq pullout
ABC Online – Australia
The last Spanish troops have left Iraq, a move seen as a snub to US President
George W Bush but popular among Spaniards. Spain's…

HOUSE panel erupts into bickering over Iraq
WASHINGTON – A House committee hearing on Iraq erupted in partisan bickering
Friday, leaving top generals sitting silently as Democrats and Republicans

NEW Abuse Images Pile Pressure on US in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Fresh images, including graphic video of US soldiers
beating and humiliating Iraqis, rocked the US mission in Iraq again Friday,

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… Our objective isn't retreat but rather to bring peace to Iraq and we
believe that if more importance isn't accorded to the peace keepers coalition
and the UN…

WORST Iraq prison abuse occurred on single day
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… of the worst abuses that have come to light from the Abu Ghraib prison
happened on a single November day amid a flare of insurgent violence in
Iraq, the deaths…

IRAQ Governing Council Slams US for Chalabi Raid
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Members of Iraq's Governing Council condemned a raid
on the house and offices of Washington's former top Iraq ally Ahmad Chalabi
and said…

NEW images of Iraq prisoner abuse surface, Spanish troops leave…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… troops — a small number remaining from 1,430 initially deployed—
crossed the border into Kuwait after leaving their base at Diwaniyah in
southern Iraq.…

TIMELINE of events in Iraq around abuse – MI,USA
_ Aug. 14, 2003: US military in Iraq begins contracting for interrogators
with CACI International Inc. under a $19.9 million contract. _ Aug.…

US Arrests Rebel Cleric's Supporters in North Iraq
Reuters – USA
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – US and Iraqi forces stormed offices of rebel Shi'ite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the northern city of Kirkuk and detained 15

HOUSE Panel on Iraq Erupts Into Partisan Bickering
Washington Post – USA
… Jeff Miller attacked Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for saying yesterday
that Bush's “leadership and the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence

BUSH to speak on Iraq handover process
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (CNN) — President Bush will deliver an “important
speech” about the transfer of political power in Iraq on Monday night,
a White House…

SKELTON Tells Generals Iraq Turmoil Could Damage US (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — The US must bring safety and stability to Iraq soon
``or we will write a very damaging chapter in American history,'' said
Ike Skelton of…

HOUSE panel erupts into bickering over Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) A House committee hearing on Iraq erupted in partisan bickering
Friday, leaving top Pentagon generals sitting silently as Democrats and

IRAQ: New Abuse Details
Washington Post – USA
… Do you feel that they have run their course? Do you think that the
media's continued running of these stories is damaging to our troops efforts
in Iraq?…

US Soldier Found Guilty of Deserting Unit in Iraq
Reuters – USA
FORT STEWART, Ga. (Reuters) – A US soldier who failed to return to his
unit in Iraq after taking a two-week leave to the United States last year
was found…

NEW images of Iraq prisoner abuse surface
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… by US military police which President George W. Bush's administration
had tried to keep hidden were published to add to the woes of the US-led
coalition in Iraq…

BRAHIMI ˜ ready for the Iraq challenge
… Bush to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Shiite leader Ayatollah
Ali Sistani, is looking to Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN's special envoy for
Iraq, to help tame…

LAST Spanish Troops Leave Iraq, Snubbing Bush
Reuters – USA
MADRID (Reuters) – The last Spanish troops left Iraq on Friday in what
was seen as a snub to President Bush but a popular move among Spaniards.

TWO held over beheading in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Occupation forces in Iraq are holding two people suspected of
possible involvement in the kidnap and beheading of American Nicholas
Berg this month…

GOVERNMENT Bids to Curb Iraq Troops Speculation
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. The Government today moved to damp down expectations that it
was about to deploy thousands more British troops to Iraq. Ministers…

US Detained 4 Suspects in Berg Murder in Iraq, 2 Set Free
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — The US detained four men two days ago in Baghdad
on suspicion of involvement in the murder of American Nicholas Berg in
Iraq, US Army…

AL-JAZEERA man killed in Iraq
Guardian – UK
The death toll of journalists in Iraq rose again today, with the shooting
overnight of another newsman from the al-Jazeera TV channel.…,2763,1221920,00.html

SPAIN Completes Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
Guardian – UK
MADRID, Spain (AP) – Spain completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq on
Friday as the last of its soldiers crossed the border into Kuwait, the
Defense Ministry…,1280,-4116418,00.html

SPANISH Soldiers Complete Iraq Withdrawal; Journalist Freed
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — Spain's last contingent of soldiers in Iraq left
the country today, completing a withdrawal ordered by Prime Minister Jose
Luis Rodriguez…

BUSH Works to Ease GOP Fears Over Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP)—A day after President Bush sought to quell Republican
fears over the beleaguered Iraq campaign, Pentagon leaders are delivering
a progress…

AS Spain Withdraws, Italy Pledges to Keep Troops In Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
Even as the last Spanish troops are pulled out of Iraq this week, Italian
premier Silvio Berlusconi has announced his government will keep troops
in the…,3367,1430_A_1209501_1_A,00.html

PRISON unit in Iraq used rules from Afghan war
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was run by a military
intelligence unit that had served in Afghanistan and brought to Iraq the
aggressive rules…

INTERVIEW-US oil firms need Russia's Iraq experience
Forbes – USA
MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – US oil firms in Iraq have had to ask for Russian
help to rebuild an oil infrastructure that was dominated by the Soviet
Union for…

14 US Military Bases Under Construction In Iraq
Axis of Logic – USA
… that 14 US military bases are already under construction, enough to
accommodate the (for the moment) 110,000 American soldiers who will stay
in Iraq until at…

US Congress Seeking More Information on Contractors in Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — The US Congress may force the Pentagon to disclose
the roles of civilian contractors and private security firms in Iraq after

UK Troops 'Available When Needed in Iraq'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The Government was willing to send more troops to Iraq if necessary without
a House of Commons resolution, the Defence Secretary said today.…

SCHRöDER to oppose NATO role in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BERLIN Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany, seeking to head off any
attempt to use NATO forces in Iraq, has said that he would speak clearly
against any…

IRAQ – – Right to go in ; right to get out
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… But the French contractual benefits from Iraq led Saddam Hussein to
rest assured that France would veto any UN Security Council resolution.

US bases in Iraq's Najaf being attacked
Xinhua – China
… forces have been locked in furious clashes with Sadr's militiamen since
the popular leader began an uprising across central and southern Iraq
last month.…

GERMAN Chancellor Schroeder Opposes NATO Role in Iraq, NYT Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he would
oppose any use of NATO forces in Iraq when the alliance meets in Istanbul
next month…

SPAIN Says All Its Troops Leaving Iraq on Friday
Reuters – USA
MADRID (Reuters) – All Spanish troops will have left Iraq by Friday evening,
the government said. “All the soldiers will have left…

THE Iraq Exit Strategy! or Why Only Saddam Hussein Can Save Iraq…
OpEdNews – USA
The answer may sound crazy but Iraq is a crazy place; the predicament that
President Bush has gotten us into is crazy; and the solution to the problem

BUSH Confers with Hill Republicans on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush meets privately with congressional Republicans
to discuss the situation in Iraq and shore up support.…

US faces more allegations of Iraq torture
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US on Friday faced fresh allegations of torture in Iraq, further undermining
confidence in President Bush's handling of the postwar situation in Iraq

US Arrests Rebel Cleric's Supporters in North Iraq
Reuters – USA
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – US forces and Iraqi police stormed an office of
rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the northern city of Kirkuk and
arrested 11 of…

'ABSOLUTELY awful' Iraq pictures play into terrorists' hands: EU…
EUbusiness – London,UK
Pictures of civilians who were killed by US forces while attending a wedding
in Iraq are likely to encourage terrorism in the Islamic world, a top

AFGHAN Policies on Questioning Prisoners Taken to Iraq
The Ledger – Lakeland,FL,USA
… The interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was run by a military
intelligence unit that had served in Afghanistan and that had taken to
Iraq the aggressive…

IRAQ Governing Council Member Condemns US Raid
Reuters – USA
… on Friday US authorities were wrong to raid Governing Council member
Ahmad Chalabi's headquarters and accused them of trying to hijack Iraq's
political future.…

AFTER Raid.. Chalabi Tells US To Leave Iraq
Islam Online – UK
… raid by Iraqi police on his office and home, Iraqi Governing Council
member Ahmed Chalabi, once a favorite of the Pentagon to lead the post-war
Iraq, called on…

LAST Spanish troops leave Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
The last Spanish soldiers in Iraq are leaving, fulfilling the election
pledge made by the new Spanish government to withdraw its troops from
the country.…

LAST Spanish troops leaving Iraq
CNN International – USA
MADRID, Spain — The last Spanish troops have left their base in Iraq,
and are in the process of leaving the country, a Defense Ministry spokesman
in Madrid…

SCHROEDER says he will oppose sending NATO troops to Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he will oppose sending
NATO troops to Iraq during the alliance's summit next month in Istanbul,
in an…

US Raids its one-time Iraq ally
National Post (subscription) – Canada
… Officials of the US-led coalition in Iraq denied the raid had anything
to do with the oil-for-food investigations, but Mr. Chalabi said items
taken by the US…

PRESIDENT discusses Iraq war, economy
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Republicans in Congress, made a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday
and assured GOP lawmakers that his plan for a transition to self-rule
in Iraq was on…

MANY Iraq interpreters unskilled, soldiers say
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
A San Diego company supplying hundreds of interpreters to US forces in
Iraq is hiring people who speak limited English and have no professional
experience as…

SOUTH Korea now set to deploy troops to Iraq by August
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL : South Korea will send a military mission to northern Iraq next
week to finalize plans for the deployment by August of thousands of troops

NEW UN Resolution Taking Shape on Iraq Transition
Wired News – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and Britain want a new UN
resolution to call for “full” sovereignty for Iraq, albeit with such limitations
as an…

RP may redeploy civilian workers in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Roy Cimatu, head of a special diplomatic team to Iraq, recommended Friday
that the government allow Filipino civilian workers to be redeployed in
Iraq but only…

TOP job in Iraq said to be offered
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… days, roughly,” Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told a meeting yesterday
of representatives from countries that have contributed to the US-led
effort in Iraq…

IRAQ Hand-over Plans 'A Shambles', Says Tory MP
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A Conservative MP who has just returned from Iraq delivered a scathing
broadside on US policy in the country today, saying preparations for the
hand-over of…

US Denies Bombing Iraq Wedding Party Where 50 Were Killed
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, May 21 (NNN): Dozens of people celebrating a marriage in the west
of Iraq were killed when a bomb struck the wedding party.…

QLD company loses lucrative Iraq contract
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: A Queensland company which was one of the first Australian
firms to win a contract in post-war Iraq has found itself shut out of
the strife-torn…

ARAB summit to focus on Iraq and Palestinians
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… of some leaders to attend threaten to mar this weekend's Arab League
Summit — expected to focus on the deteriorating situation in Iraq, spiraling
violence in…

AL-JAZEERA cameraman, eight others, killed in holy Iraq city
Channel News Asia – Singapore
KARBALA, Iraq : A Iraqi cameraman working for the pan-Arab satellite television
station Al-Jazeera was among nine civilians killed during a night of fighting

HOME of US ally is raided in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… yesterday raided the Baghdad mansion and offices of Ahmed Chalabi,
Washington's longtime ally who was once favored by the Pentagon brass
to be Iraq's post-war…

BUSH works to ease Republican fears over troubled Iraq campaign
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
A day after President Bush sought to quell Republican fears over the beleaguered
Iraq campaign, Pentagon leaders are delivering a progress report to lawmakers.

AFTERMATH OF DEADLY US BOMBING: Iraq attack details disputed
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
RAMADI, Iraq — As survivors tell it, the wedding party was in full swing
when revelers heard the roar of US warplanes. Fearing…

New York Post – New York,NY,USA
… payments to his Iraqi National Congress, the anti-Saddam Hussein exile
group that supplied questionable prewar intelligence information about
Iraq's weapons of…

LAST Spanish Troops Have Left Iraq Base – – Radio
Reuters – USA
MADRID (Reuters) – The last Spanish troops have left their base in Diwaniya,
southern Iraq, state radio reported on Friday. “There…

EXPECT a new exit strategy for Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The United States, Britain, Italy, Japan, and, separately, Australia, have
said over the past few days that they will pull their troops out of Iraq
if the new…

ALJAZEERA cameraman killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… As many as 27 other journalists have been killed in Iraq since the
start of the war in March 2003, according to the Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ).…

TROOPS raid Iraq office of ex-Bush ally Chalabi
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US and Iraqi forces raided and ransacked the headquarters
Thursday of Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi leader who was a favorite of the

BUSH seeks GOP backing on Iraq plan
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Making a rare visit to a roiling Capitol Hill, President George W.
Bush Thursday appealed to congressional Republicans to stick with him
on Iraq and stick…,0,3481747.story?coll=ny-nation-big-pix

DOWN the drain in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Bill Clinton won that election with the slogan: “It's the economy,
stupid.” This time around I suspect that the slogan will be: “It's Iraq,
stupid,” and the…

RAID targets Iraq home of longtime Pentagon ally Chalabi
Springfield News Leader – Springfield,MO,USA
Baghdad, Iraq ˜ Iraqi police backed by American soldiers raided the home
and offices Thursday of Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician once
groomed by…

OUR man in Iraq
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
The future ambassador to Iraq, John D. Negroponte, cannot yet identify
the scope of his duties upon arrival in Baghdad, except to confirm they
will be vast.…

US Marine killed in vehicle accident in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A US Marine died in a vehicle accident while conducting
''security and stability operations'' in western Iraq, the military said

PAKISTAN would mull Iraq request for troops
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Pakistan's foreign minister said yesterday his country would consider sending
troops to Iraq after the United States transfers power June 30, but only
if the…

US troops raid one-time ally's home in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US intelligent operatives and Iraqi police raided the
offices and home of Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi yesterday,

SOLDIER in Desertion Case Says Opposed Iraq War
Reuters – USA
FORT STEWART, Ga (Reuters) – A US soldier charged with deserting from the
Iraq war on Thursday cited opposition to the conflict and testified the
US Army had…

ITALIAN Lawmakers Reject Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — Italy's lower house of parliament rejected a motion
calling for the withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq after Prime Minister

WHITE House's secrecy on Iraq matters is an insult to all…
Asheville Citizen Times – Asheville,NC,USA
… revelations of Berg's relationship with the US government paint a grim
picture of how far government officials are willing to go to cover up
operations in Iraq…

OF civilian workers in Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
THE HEAD of a special Philippine diplomatic team on Friday recommended
the government allow Filipino civilian workers to be redeployed in Iraq
but only in…

STANDING of Former Key US Ally in Iraq Falls to New Low
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
A year ago, as US troops swept toward Baghdad, Ahmed Chalabi and about
400 hastily assembled fighters were secretly airlifted into southern Iraq
to rally other…

AFGHAN Policies on Questioning Taken to Iraq
New York Times – USA
… The interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was run by a military
intelligence unit that had served in Afghanistan and that had taken to
Iraq more aggressive…

US obliterates Iraq 'wedding party,' over 40 die
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
A US aircraft fired on a house in the desert near the Syrian border, and
Iraqi officials said more than 40 people were killed, including children.

ITALIANS to stay in Iraq, says Berlusconi
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
ROME – Italian troops will stay in Iraq until democracy has taken hold,
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday, denouncing opposition
calls for an…

BUSH Visit with Lawmakers Comes as Republicans Worry About Iraq,…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The visit comes as growing numbers of Republicans are expressing concern
about Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq and other issues. With…

UN Panels Probing Iraq Oil-for-Food Program Argue Over Document…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The head of the UN appointed panel that is looking into allegations of
corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program says competing investigations
are waging a…

IRAQ riles you most in 15 years of views
USA Today – USA
… headline: “Should cowboy Bush ride into the sunset?” As a former combat
infantryman in World War II, I suggested “the best way to support troops
in Iraq is to…

US troops raid HQ of former protégé in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Ahmed Chalabi, once the US's favoured candidate to become president of
Iraq, turned on his former patrons yesterday after local police and US
troops raided his…

BOXER takes the ring before heading to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Or an Army National Guardsman facing deployment to Iraq. … When he
found out he was going to Iraq, he said, `I'd really like to fight at
the Blue Horizon.…

SURVIVORS of Iraq bombing recount grim scene
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
RAMADI, Iraq ˆ As survivors tell it, the wedding party was in full swing.
… Weddings are often marked in Iraq with celebratory gunfire.…

BRITONS keen to work in Iraq, says project firm – London,England,UK
Foster Wheeler Energy, the first British company to win reconstruction
work in Iraq, yesterday reported “significant interest” from Britons wanting
to work…

AUST company loses Iraq contract
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
One of Australia's biggest post-war contracts in Iraq has collapsed amid
allegations of corruption, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.…

US bid to destroy Iraq prison
The Australian – Australia
… said. The abuse that happened at the prison “really created a bad perception
in Iraq”, Weldon said. “So my feeling is, tear it down.…,5744,9622052%255E1702,00.html

BUSH discusses Iraq, economy with Republicans
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Republicans in Congress, made a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday
and assured GOP lawmakers that his plan for a transition to self-rule
in Iraq was on…

IRAQ'S Chalabi infuriated by US raid on his office
Xinhua – China
… I am America's best friend in Iraq. … We are grateful to President
Bush for liberating Iraq but it is time for the Iraqi people to run their
affairs,” he added.…

SOLDIER who abandoned unit in Iraq says he believed Army owed him…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) A US soldier charged with desertion for leaving
his unit in Iraq contended Thursday at this … 'I did have problems in
Iraq,'' Mejia said.…

BIDEN: Meet Iraq deadline; Says no transfer plan set
Delaware Capitol Review – Dover,DE,USA
WASHINGTON – Meeting the looming deadline of June 30 to turn over at least
some control of Iraq to an Iraqi government is a necessity for the United
States, Sen…

ITALY bolsters Iraq troop commitment
ABC Online – Australia
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says Italian troops will stay
in Iraq until democracy has taken hold. Speaking just hours…

CITING former Connecticut prison boss in Iraq, Sen. Schumer seeks…
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Charles Schumer urged the Department of Justice Thursday to dig deeper
into the role civilian contractors may have played in prison abuses in
Iraq, saying the…—prisonabuse-

IRAQ deserves more than cheap shots – London,England,UK
… Yesterday in the Independent, Mr Howard wrote a piece that tried to
score points about Iraq. … The Iraq operation is a joint one, agreed
in advance.…

US Investigates Attack in Western Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
American military commanders in Iraq are investigating what Iraqis say
was a deadly attack by US warplanes on civilians in a remote area of the
country near…

BUSH Sees No Iran-Dominated State in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush said he does not believe a Shi'ite
state dominated by Iran will emerge in Iraq, according to a transcript
released on…

SCHRöDER to oppose NATO role in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… seeking to knock down an idea being floated by the United States to
use NATO forces to relieve the military pressure on coalition forces in
Iraq, said he would…

US to remain in Iraq after handover
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — The United States will remain in Iraq
even after the handover of sovereignty to the country on June 30, White
House spokesman…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Thursday, May 20, 789 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…

RECRUITS unfazed by violence in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… And if he is needed in Iraq, bring it on. … The Pentagon said the
fighting in Iraq has not affected overall recruiting numbers much one
way or the other.…

NEW front in Iraq detainee abuse scandal?
… According to two top US government sources, it is the scene of the
most egregious violations of the Geneva Conventions in all of Iraq‚s

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